Belated post #2 Thursday Madness

Thursdays have now just gotten a whole lot crazier! We have added a one to one swim lesson into the mix in the afternoon.

We started the day with a squiggles and giggles session. The session now starts a half an hour later and lasts for an hour and a half as opposed to just an hour. That session doesn’t suit a few of the former members so it was delightfully quiet! Yey!

This week was a fantastic themes if was space themed. There was so much messy play and so many ideas for at home I can’t even remember all of them!

As always everything is so perfectly themed to match the occasion. Ideally Thursdays are all about Landon. He had a great time and was even getting more involved with the paints. I like to try get one to one time with activities and get his mind focused on one thing for a little while here. It’s nice to see him stick into something he really enjoys its certainly calms him down when he has an outlet for all of that energy.






What really amused me today was how keen all of the children were to tuck into the Cheerios supposed to be for a sensory experience in a sand and water table! Silly kids! You’d think none of them were fed!


Swimming went great. I’m happy to pay for private lessons as it means I don’t have to worry about finding someone to join me with wyatt in the pool. It means the instructor can take him in and I can watch. I’m really looking to just boost his confidence and slowly work up to other things. Obviously once a week isn’t enough to create a great proficiency but it’s enough to keep his spirits high and happy to be in the water which is great for when we spend time abroad.

We even went to great grandmas in between activities, a friends afterward and then out for our tea! Was definitely ready for bed then.

Looking forward to another busy day next week! πŸ™‚



Squiggles and Giggles attack of the blue

Squiggles and Giggles, by now it’s redundant even writing about the title the amount i rave on about it each week. Our weekly creative/messy/sensory fully interactive toddler group playtime.

This weeks theme was blue/smurfs, not that the kids paid any attention to the indoor activities today as the outside was sun sun sunny! And who can refuse them the excuse to run amock outside when each fractional display of sunlight should be so treasured in this dreary rainy horrible weathered country!

So I managed to get some beautiful pictures of the inside activities without any of them being destroyed!








Well and truly BLUE.

As I said the kids were having far too much fun outside and if ended up flying over so fast it makes us crave next Thursday to be here so we can do it all over again!












My boisterous little monster was straight into everything as usual! No fear whatsoever, however for the first time he came out cleaner than most! And not even soaked! Happy mummy putting a clean baby in the car. Until I spilt a whole bottle of coke over myself leaving me to wander around like I had wet myself in toe with a neat and tidy baby?! Think I’ve got the bad end of the bargain!

Until next weeks session! Xoxo


Busy adventures of a rambunctious 13 month old

Whichever way you swing it, a mummy’s day at toddler groups and baby outings is usually an excellently devised ploy for “mummy socialisation”. Usually we get other mummies involved, get chit chatting and make effort into meeting new mummies! Selfish isn’t it? Definitely not, I’m not feeling very guilty about it, my son gets to enjoy himself in a plethora of locations all catered specifically to his cognitive and motor skill development with themes and colors and appropriate little activities and mummy gets to feel normal! In a crowd of people who know the score, the other mummies (a breed different from childless women who have time to draw on their faces with pristine detail, not the crayon style squiggle I manage to throw on each morning) all understand that sometimes it takes three attempts to get your pants on the right way, sometimes; it’s impossible to contemplate drinking for fear of H.I.T ( hangovers with toddler) this breed of people, the mummies are a great resource for moaning, worrying and endless chatting, they also won’t mind when you can’t really be bothered with dress shopping but would rather have a looksie in mamas and papas or mother care.

Today we had one of those days, we visited Squiggles and Giggles our new favourite haunt on a Thursday, may have been distracted by a shop! And we then went to drop mummies car at the garage, visited our local library to drop off books and attend story and rhyme time with my nephew and sister in law and even had time to go to soft play after!

BEWARE: this ones full of pictures! Over proud mother!

Squiggles and Giggles

Not that I want the place to be so full I lose my place but this really is a fantastic place! Well worth the awards it’s won! The owner, Suzanne really deserves medals! I mean all those children, sticky, covered in goop and paint and pen and making a mess in her lovely set up! Sainthood imminent!

Today’s theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar πŸ™‚ there was paint! An incredible assortment of “sensory” toys, more like a treasure trove of all the lovely things he’s not allowed at home but can go nuts with at squiggles and giggles πŸ™‚ and he loves it! I love it too! No cleaning up! There was squishy splat bags and caterpillars everywhere! There was a cooking area with pans and lovely green spaghetti all fun to shove hands in! There was crunchy crispies to appease the messy nature of toddlers. All in all it was just such a ball! The other mummies are lovely too. Could be an acquaintance in there or two πŸ™‚













πŸ™‚ here’s a post on recreating some squiggles and giggles creative play ideas at home!


For rainbow rice!

Afterwords the shops found us…. Uh oh! However we did not spend a great deal of money!! Picked up just a few bits for our impending holidays (July) and a little pressie for my goddaughter. All from Matalan. πŸ™‚ not that I looked for me but the kiddies had some fab things in today! Really reasonable where price was concerned! Actually rather bargainous!





Some really fab little pinstripe shorts were only 5 pounds!!!! And the two pack of cotton ones were 4 pound!! What more could you want for clothes that will get sandy, sticky, wet and covered in sunscreen!

The library was fun my nephew enjoyed it particularly a lot more than Landon did, but he will be persuaded that listening is fun eventually! πŸ™‚ he did enjoy the music parts afterwards. And we forgot the camera in the car! No library pictures I’m afraid! 😦

Soft play was a different story! Mad running around like headless child. We tried one we hadnt been to today Landon had oodles of fun there!












The only problem with my son is that even after all of the running and playing he got to do today! It still didn’t wear him out! I’m not sure if anyone has any tips on disciplining/keeping in order a part monkey with the agility and sleuth of a panther cheeky little critter!

However we’re doing excellent on the nap / milk front. No bottles!!! Except for sleepy time. Well within our recommended amount daily as he only has one in the evening for bedtime now and the rest as additives in meals or yesterday he had a milkshake. I wasn’t quite sure I was going to be able to fight the bottles away from him. And today we didn’t even manage a nap! Just a catnap in the car journey. However I’m keen to keep the nap as a grouchy baby is just no fun come 5pm with an hour and a half to go until bath/bed! πŸ™‚

I think it’s safe to say Landon had a fun packed day and can’t wait for his next all about him day!